Monk: Season 5, Episode 2

Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike (14 Jul. 2006)

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A city-wide garbage strike throws Monk completely off his game as he tries to solve the murder of a union boss.

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Mayor Ray Nicholson (as Chi Mcbride)
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Larry Cutler (as David Deluise)
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Drugstore Manager
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The San Francisco sanitation union has gone on strike, demanding better pay from the city. As a result, garbage collection has stopped and the streets are now lined with trash bags. Monk, naturally, has a hard time dealing with the stench. Things get worse, though, when union boss Jimmy Cusack is found dead in his office of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, bringing negotiations to a halt. Monk finds evidence of foul play, but the stench causes him to make outrageous accusations against the mayor, and even Alice Cooper. Written by dmcreif

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When accusing Alice Cooper of the crime, Monk says he doubts that 'Alice Cooper' is even his real name. Alice Cooper's birth name is in fact Vincent Damon Furnier. See more »

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The press hears the mayor is a suspect in a murder because the detectives were speaking in the "whisper spot." San Francisco's City Hall does not have a whisper spot. This feature is in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. See more »

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Adrian Monk: We're all heroes. Except for Natalie.
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Dare I Say This Episode Reeks? Well, Not Entirely
5 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode we sadly discover Adrian Monk is not an honorable man. It's very disappointing to Natalie, who is an honorable person and has to badger our "hero" to tell the truth about a murder. Wow, I agree with her - very disappointing, but he's still "the guy" to all us fans.

The story is all about garbage and the smell it produces. I'm tempted to say this episodes "stinks," but I''ll save it for the headline.. It show did have its good moments, anyway.

The longest garbage strike in San Francicsco history is going on and Monk is mad at the union leader, blaming him for the city "reeking" so bad. Monk wants to get out of town and says he hopes the union guy dies. Natalie admonishes him for saying something like that. Apparently, somebody else isn't happy with the union boss either as he is killed overnight. Natalie tells Monk, "be careful what you wish for; look what you did with your karma." Okayyy.

Things get silly again when Monk goes to a union meeting the next day and makes a fool of himself. Nonetheless, when they find out who he is, they hire him as an independent investigator because they don't believe their boss would kill himself. Monk takes on the assignment when he hears that if he deems it a suicide, labor-and-city negotiations will continue and probably end the strike. So, despite seeing clues that indicate it was a murder, Monk lies and tells everyone it is a suicide, just so he can have all the city cleaned up! Pretty bad, eh? Thankfully, Natalie saves the day, morally-speaking, and Monk goes on, reluctantly, to figure out what happened.

Things settle down, but then with 10 minutes to go, the story gets really goofy with Monk obtaining a big truck and becoming a garbage man, himself. Then, of course, when his mind is finally cleared and we find out who the real killer is, it's not a shock when you know how politically-correct the writers of this show are. In this case - Andy Breckman, who also is the creator of the program, with an assist from Daniel Gaeta - would never have a minority as the killer. Just once, it might refreshing to see NOT see this incredible liberal bias, which is exhibited almost all the time.


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